Asia meets Scandinavia: designing a “New Layer”

Initiated by the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute (NTCRI), the project started when designers Matti Klenell, Stina Löfgren, Carina Seth Andersson, Gabriella Gustafson and Mattias Ståhlbom were invited to Asia in 2012. Two years later, the exhibition titled “A New Layer” will showcase in Stockholm (November 12th to February 8th) the results of this collaboration: contemporary objects made with the ancient technique of lacquer, used in East Asia for over 7000 years.

Matti Klenell explains: “The title A New Layer refers to how the lacquer is applied in several layers until the desired surface sheen occurs. Historically, China and Japan have been the prime regions for the development of the lacquer art form. Artisans have not only mastered a single method, but developed a variety of ways in which the coating is used, both as a functional and a decorative material”. (…)

“Despite the long history of craftsmanship, it is not tied to tradition but is constantly changing.  Taiwan is a geographical and cultural crossroads for China and Japan but also a region with influences from South East Asia and Polynesia”, adds Gabriella Gustafson.

(Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm from November 12 to February 8. Exhibition architecture by TAF Arkitektkontor and graphic design by Stina Löfgren. Source David Report)

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